Years: 1965 - 1970
Styles: Beat, Garage Rock, Mod Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Peter Shoesmith - Lead guitar (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Allan Wilson - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Ian Moncur - Bass Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1969)
Jimmy Bilsbury - Guitar, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1970)
George Lynam - Bass Guitar
Alistair "Bev" Beveridge - Rhythm guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - ?)
Peter Garner - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968 - ?)
Harry Paul Ward - Drums, Vocals (in band: 1968 - ?)
Mike "Oz" Osborne - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969 - ?)
The Magic Lanterns formed in Summer 1965 in Warrington, Lancashire out of The Hammers with Jimmy Bilsbury on guitar, vocals, Peter 'Coco' Shoesmith on lead guitar , Ian Moncur on bass and Allan Wilson on drums.
Bilsbury who grew up at 267 Warrington Road in Culcheth, Lancashire, was first in The Ray Johnson Skiffle Group and then The Nightboppers. In May 1965 Bilsbury left Leigh, Lancashire based group The Beat Boys and joined up with new local band The Sabres, who changed their name to The Hammers. The Sabres lead singer Vince Reno left the band as he wanted to get married and they needed a new lead singer. The band heard about this guy Jimmy Bilsbury who lived in Culcheth and the band went to track him down and found him in the George and Dragon Pub, owned by Bilsbury's father's father-in-law. They asked if he wanted to be their singer and Bilsbury said he would have a rehearsal with the group, and it went so well he joined.
The lead guitarist in The Sabres one Pete Bond also left as he wanted to continue coaching and also wanted to get married and was replaced by Peter 'Coco' Shoesmith from Burnley. The Hammers shortly after this in Summer 1965 changed their name to The Magic Lanterns with a line-up of Bilsbury, Shoesmith, Moncur and Wilson.
In Summer 1967 the band added Alaister 'Bev' Beveridge, making the band a five-piece. The group needed a driver at the time and Beveridge said he would only join as long as he could became a member of the band. So they let him come in as rhythm guitarist, vocalist. Beveridge had been in a few bands, starting out in The Tennessee Drifters a country and western group and then was in The Denims a beat group. After that he joined The Style and left his job as a clerk to turn professional.
In 1969 Moncour left as he was getting more into religion and was replaced by bassist Mike 'Oz' Osbourne.
Bilsbury left in Early 1970 to join The Les Humphries Singers which he co-founded with lead singer Les Humphries. This band was formed in early 1970 in Hamburg, Germany.
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